Roles and Responsibilities
What is the placement site’s role?
Placements sites provide a learning environment where students actively engage in the day-to-day operations of the site and conduct research and observations. Supervisors provide 1:1 supervision, feedback and mentoring.
What is the student’s role?
The role of the student at most placement sites is that of a participant observer. Students are expected to be professional, engaged, inquisitive, and ready to learn and contribute. We ask that agencies commit to being a site for a minimum of one academic year.
What are the supervisor’s responsibilities?
- Recruit and accept qualified students on a quarterly basis for 1 full academic year. Sites that are accepted mid-year are expected to continue through June of the following academic year.
- Notify all students who apply about availability of opportunities.
- Structure the field work to provide a learning opportunity directly related to curriculum in Social Ecology.
- Develop and assign responsibilities, so that students may learn both technical and non-technical skills.
- Clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities to students.
- Adhere to program deadlines.
- Schedule hours during the placement period so that student can complete the hours required.
- Provide training, supervision and feedback to each student -approximately 1 hour per week.
- Confirm students in field study placements are authorized by Social Ecology by reviewing field study Agreement Forms.
- Provide a verbal and written evaluation to the student and certify the number of hours the student completed via the evaluation form.
- Contact the Field study Director if there are any problems or issues that cannot be resolved with the student.
- Nominate outstanding students for recognition.
How should opportunities be structured?
- Ideal placement sites provide students with a pre-professional experience and structure activities that allow the student to:
- Observe current social problems and evaluate intervention strategies;
- Contribute to the day-to-day activities of the organization by working on duties and tasks related to Social Ecology curriculum.
- Develop an understanding of organizational goals and objectives;
- Perceive relationships between theories learned in the classroom and practice experienced in the field; and
- Develop interpersonal and technical competencies required in the workplace.
Tips & Resources
Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (PDF)
Engage: Annotated Bibliography
NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
CIWEA - California Internship & Work Experience Association